An evaluation of winter maintenance material metering and placement equipment : final report.
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An evaluation of winter maintenance material metering and placement equipment : final report.

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      Beginning in January, 1997, an evaluation process was undertaken by the Maine Department of

      Transportation (MDOT) in an effort to determine if developing technologies in the winter

      maintenance field might be viable and cost effective additions to MDOT's current fleet of snow

      fighting equipment. This process included the evaluation of the following equipment: Case-Tyler

      Zero Velocity System, Swenson Precision Placement System, Compu-Spread Ground Speed

      Control System and the Dickey-john Ground Speed Control System.

      Data collected in both field and controlled settings indicate a savings in material is possible when

      utilizing some form of material metering equipment.

      Testing performed for purposes of material placement using Zero Velocity and Precision

      Placement systems also shows promise in producing material savings.

      Realization of these savings will require a significant commitment to equipment calibration and

      maintenance. It will also require a high level of coordination and cooperation between all

      personnel involved.

      In addition to the equipment evaluation, this report briefly discusses the Department's experience

      with salt as a primary material for treating highways in winter related conditions.

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